This huckleberry pie recipe has a crisp and crunchy crumb topping that is perfectly matched with a juicy berry pie filling for the most desirable holiday dessert.
You can substitute fresh, wild huckleberries for the more standard, domestic cultivated blueberries in this pie. These tiny, intensely flavored wild berries are usually available during winter.
Huckleberry Pie Recipe
1 recipe Basic Pie Dough
3/4 cup plus 5 Tbs. all-purpose flour
2/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup plus 1 Tbs. granulated sugar
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. salt
8 Tbs. (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into 3/4-
5 cups huckleberries or blueberries
Position a rack in the lower third of an oven and preheat to 400°F.
Roll out the dough and transfer to a 9-inch pie dish. Refrigerate until firm. Line the chilled piecrust with a piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Fill with dried beans, uncooked rice or pie weights. Bake until the crust dries out, about 15 minutes; to check, lift an edge of the foil. Carefully remove the weights and foil. Reduce the heat to 350°F. Continue to bake until the crust is lightly browned on the edges and dry-looking on the bottom, about 5 minutes more. Transfer the crust to a wire rack.
Increase the heat to 375°F.
In a large bowl, stir together the 3/4 cup flour, 1/3 cup of the brown sugar, the 1/3 cup granulated sugar, 1 tsp. of the cinnamon and the salt. Scatter the butter pieces on top and toss with a fork or your fingers to coat with the flour mixture. Using your fingertips or a pastry blender, work the ingredients together until the mixture forms large, coarse crumbs the size of large peas. Set the topping aside.
In a large bowl, combine the blueberries, the remaining 1/3 cup brown sugar, the remaining 1 tsp. cinnamon and 4 Tbs. of the flour. Stir gently to coat the blueberries evenly. Sprinkle the remaining 1 Tbs. flour and the 1 Tbs. granulated sugar over the bottom of the prebaked crust. Pour the filling into the crust, spreading it evenly.
Sprinkle the topping evenly over the blueberry filling. Bake the pie until the topping is golden brown and the blueberry filling just begins to bubble, 50 to 60 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely. Serve at room temperature. The pie is best served the day it is baked. Makes one 9-inch pie.
Top with vanilla ice cream to serve.
Source: William Sonoma